President Obama Nominates Andrew Slavitt as Administrator of CMS
Last week, President Obama nominated Andrew Slavitt to serve as Administrator of the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a position he has held on an interim basis since Marilyn Tavenner stepped down in February. Before he can be appointed to the position on a permanent basis, Slavitt must be confirmed by the Senate.
Before joining CMS in 2014, Slavitt worked as a top executive at UnitedHealth Group and worked closely on HealthCare.gov’s technical issues after the initial rollout in October 2013. In the press release announcing the nominations of Mr. Slavitt and three other federal officials, President Obama said, “I am grateful that these talented and dedicated individuals have agreed to take on these important roles and devote their talents to serving the American people. I look forward to working with them.”
After the President’s announcement, key Senate Republicans expressed concerns about Slavitt’s ties to UnitedHealth. “While Andy Slavitt’s nomination will receive thorough consideration in the Senate, it has long been clear that no one can successfully manage a law as unworkable as Obamacare,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in a statement. “The sole focus of CMS should be to look out for our nation’s seniors and the many vulnerable Americans who use these programs, without the distraction of Obamacare.”
The Senate will begin work to confirm Mr. Slavitt and other Presidential nominees in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to Capitol Connector for more on this and other important health care news.